On The Plane

Just as the railroad and steamship marked moments of historical transformation, manifest in a tightening of social interdependences, air travel raises questions central to understanding the nature of our contemporary age. For example: how do airways and airports mark access points and boundaries of human movement, of leisure and labor? Do we realize the centrality of these machines of flight as a key delivery mechanism behind the portals of e-commerce, making the post-industrial revolution possible? When we attempt something so unnatural for our species as to fly, how do we collectively negotiate the juxtaposition of humanist and religious principles? How do we reconcile our participation in this mode of human movement with its effects on the environment? 

What can we learn from this domain of human experience? What does it tell us about our current state of affairs?

Equally, in terms of photographic practice, could this On The Plane experience become its own genre?